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good morning. this hour, the president heads to minneapolis, his first major trip outside of washington to talk about gun violence. besides meeting with local officials there, it's part of his campaign style push to garner support for his proposals but it's an uphill climb. this weekend, nra president wayne lapierre insisted universal background checks will not work and claimed the president is against the second amendment. >> during the campaign when he said to people i will not take away your rifle, shotgun, hand gun, they leafletted the country with flyers like this, obama's not going to take your gun, obama will protect gun rights, and now he's trying to take away all three. i don't think you can trust -- >> senate majority leader harry reid says he hopes gun legislation will come out of the judiciary committee but he was noncommittal over whether he would sign an assault weapons ban. >> would you vote for it? >> frankly, she knows, i haven't read her amendment, i didn't
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vote for the assault weapons last time because it didn't make sense but i'll take a look at it. >> i will bring in "washington post" columnist ruth marcus and senior staff writer for "the hill" alex bolton. good monday morning to both of you. ruth, this is the president's first big sell to the american people. what do you think he needs to say here? >> well, the president said he was going to give it everything he's got. i think what he needs to say is look, don't listen to the nra, listen to logic or listen to the nra from a number of years ago when it supported universal background checks. i think that there are three issues here in order of likelihood. one is background checks which has huge support and makes complete sense. one is limits on magazine sizes which i completely think the administration is right to push for. and the third and most controversial is limits on assault weapons, but in some ways, that's the one that would have the least impact. so i think the white house is right to push for all three, but the president really should
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concentrate in my view on the first two, background checks and magazine limits. >> on that which is pragmatic and doable is what you're saying. >> exactly. >> alex, to you on this. as part of this week's push, the white house releasing a photo of president obama, this right here, skeet shooting at camp david. the nra responding to that said one picture does not erase a lifetime of supporting every gun ban and every gun control scheme imaginable and there were even some photo shop conspiracy theories that you are probably aware of here. what's your thought? did this do more harm than good for his case, this picture? >> i don't think so. i think that no matter what the president would do, critics on the right would be questioning him, would be raising various theories about whether he really goes skeet shooting now that he's trying to answer those questions and those conspiracy theories, another has arisen that perhaps this is a photoshopped gun or maybe he's not really shooting at a skeet because he's not shooting up in the air or down at the ground.
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i think the president will always have his critics and this is an attempt to answer them. >> some on the left are saying they didn't need to do this. >> well, i mean, i guess that's a judgment call. i don't think it hurts him or really helps him that much either way. it gives us something to talk about. but i think the issue is larger than this photo. it's really about the substantive proposals on the table. i think the president is smart if he doesn't push too hard on the assault weapons ban itself. there isn't much support for that in congress. but what there is support for is universal background checks and perhaps cracking down on some of these traffickers who freely move guns from states like north carolina to states like new york, where they have big cities and tougher gun laws. >> you know, ruth, when it comes to legislation it seems like other than the nra, there is some agreement on universal background checks. harry reid saying he supported it and a quinnipiac poll showing near 100% support for it in virginia as you look at the numbers right there.
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also new jersey and pennsylvania, a lot of support. is this where lawmakers can find some common ground right now? >> absolutely. i was at a breakfast with nra president last week sponsored by the christian science monitor and i asked him directly is this time different, and he said no, but i think this time is different, can be different and it particularly can be different on the subject of background checks, which really could -- they won't stop everybody who shouldn't have a gun from getting a gun, but they could stop a significant number of people who shouldn't have guns from getting guns. can i say one quick thing about the photo? two things. one is to the photoshop conspiracy theorists, i think it's very clear if you look at that photo carefully that it was taken in kenya about the time the president was born there, but on the other side -- that's a little sarcasm -- on the other side i think that every time that democrats who aren't
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obvious gun folks release or put out a photo opportunity of themselves with guns, they distract the conversation and they make themselves look silly. so if i were the president, i wouldn't have talked about skeet shooting. if i were the white house i wouldn't have put out that photo after the fact. but it is really a sideshow. >> let's move on from that sideshow, if that's what it is. david axelrod was talking about what has a shot of passing since both of you bring that up. he said this today on "morning joe." take a listen. >> the background check is a 90% issue. it seems to me that that has a good chance or a chance to pass. i think the magazines is a 65% issue. that has a chance but less of a chance to pass. and i think assault weapons is an uphill climb. >> so looking at the numbers, david axelrod putting out those percentage possibilities here, what's your thought, alex? is he right? >> he is right. i think assault weapons ban doesn't have a chance.
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particularly because it doesn't have enough support on the democratic side of the aisle. you have seven democrats -- six democrats running for re-election in 2014 in states that mitt romney carried. they cannot support an assault weapons ban for sure and i think it would be difficult for them to support a limit on high capacity ammunition clips. background checks is different because even nra members agree that people -- criminals and the mentally ill shouldn't have weapons. that's something where you'll see consensus but i think even ammunition clips will be tough because again, those six democrats running in red states, they are going to be very careful about running afoul of the nra. >> all right. ruth, alex, stand by for a second. i want to bring in congressman keith ellison, democrat from minnesota, where the president will be heading today. representative, good to see you. is there anything the president can say today that will help to change minds? what can he say to do that? >> i think he can listen to the minneapolis model.
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he can hear about what we've done in the city of minneapolis to reduce gun violence in a dramatic way. our mayor but also with community members have come together with law enforcement and we have seen significant drops in gun violence because of collaboration, because of using statistical analysis, but also he needs to be able to tell the folks that we need a federal partner, a federal partner is key to helping have successful public safety at the local level. so i think the mayor's presence -- i mean the president's presence here will be very important and i think that he will continue to gin up a lot of support because we know and the victims there will tell him how awful the scourge of gun violence can be. >> to your point, many gun control or gun laws themselves are being worked on not only on a local but state as well as we know on the federal level which is going on right now. the front page of the "wall street journal," you may have seen that today, it read this. senate to move on gun control and we know it has a tough road
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there, but will it be even more difficult when we talk about that potential bill going over to the republican-led house? >> sure, it's going to be hard but i think that the president's wise to fight for it anyway. i mean, the bottom line is one thing i learned being in congress is that what you think is an uphill climb or what you think is a sure thing can change dramatically if people will be energetic and push hard and work hard and try to really get the public behind them. so i think the president's right to work hard, even in face of what some people might describe as bad odds on the assault weapon ban. i think there's a lot of things he can get like background checks, high capacity clips, getting a permanent person as head of the atf, also -- and allowing the cdc to do research on gun violence. i think there's a lot of things the president can do and should do, and going to the public, going to where these shootings actually happened, places like
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sadly sometimes minneapolis but also sandy hook, aurora, all over the country, talking to people who are most affected i think will get him a lot of public support. >> talking about the energetic, as you just described, the fulcrum that could switch things around. unfortunately, newtown, connecticut was one of them. what can the president do, though, going forward to make that shift that you are talking about, the energetic point? >> he needs to keep talking to the public. he needs to talk to the people who write the letters and make the calls to members of congress. members of congress i think want to know that what they're voting for has the support of their constituents so constituents can make a big difference in just communicating how they really feel. i think talking about personal stories, loss of loved ones. you know, i have invited to the state of the union a young man named sammy, whose father was killed in an incident of gun violence in minneapolis. this young man, 17 years old, has stood up to talk about the
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scourge of gun violence and he is extremely effective as a spokesperson. i'm looking for the president to meet him today as well as other people in my community. >> representative, you heard harry reid very noncommittal over the assault weapons ban, saying at least in the "wall street journal" article that he was going to push that off to after the senate and judiciary committee pushes out its bill. do you think that's a good way to approach this here? the assault weapons ban not being part of it? >> i think if enough nevadans tell harry reid they want something done about assault weapons, harry reid will do something about assault weapons. the bottom line is it's a matter of public opinion. it's a matter of what the public is going to demand. the nra does not represent the public. they don't even represent most nra members. so i don't think that harry reid or anyone else needs to be timid around these legislative bullies. i'm hoping that we go for it, we go big. of course, if we go big, we still probably can get some good
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things, maybe we can't get an assault weapon ban now but i think that eventually, we can even get that. of course, let me tell you, i own a gun. i don't want to see people's guns taken away. i'm against gun confiscation 100%, believe in the second amendment, but i believe we can have a balance between gun violence provision -- prevention and the right to own a gun. that's the reason why i think the president released the photo, to show that he's not anti-gun, he's against murder. he's against these extreme shootings that have happened and believes that we can have both a constitutional right to own a gun and have some common sense restrictions. >> president obama heading to your state. thank you so much. have a good monday. >> thanks. >> i want to switch gears a little bit here for you, alex, as well as ruth. talk about chuck hagel. he gave a really poor performance at his confirmation hearing last week. both sides can pretty much agree with that. that's coming from folks like leon panetta. leon panetta actually defending him yesterday.
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let's take a listen to him. >> it's pretty obvious that the political knives were out for chuck hagel. what disappointed me is that they talked a lot about past quotes but what about what a secretary of defense is confronting today? what about the war in afghanistan? what about the war on terrorism? what about the budget sequester? >> ruth, what do you think, does panetta have a point there? >> i think he totally has a point. i think that the thing that was striking about the hague will confirmation hearing was the really poor performance on both sides. yes, the nominee did a terrible job answering entirely predictable questions and handling those, but also, the senators did a predictable but also very poor job of probing seriously his views, not just what he said in the past, but his views on the various things that will face the secretary of defense going forward. i think one thing that is likely to me is that despite his poor
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performance, he is going to be confirmed as secretary of defense, and so i would for one like to know some of the answers to those questions. >> so one of the possibilities here, this is more about optics, david brooks suggesting that chuck hagel simply go to the president and ask do you still want me after that appearance. here's what dorothy rabinowitz writes. no amount of right wing con spea con spears against mr. hagel could have done to the former nebraska senator what his own astoundingly poor performance could have done. when you look at this, alex, is this danger being able to get anything done, can he run what has 500,000 heads in the defense department, can he do this? >> well, he doesn't have experience of being a manager
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like his predecessor, leon panetta does. that's an open question. does he have the managerial skills to do the job. it seems that obama wants him on board for a different reason. he wants him on board to be a buffer between the congress and the president, between the special interest groups and the president, and i think hagel can be an effective buffer. he's not going to be channeling pressure from congress or from some outside groups towards the president either vis a vis iran or israel or some of the other issues where perhaps congress, even democrats in congress and the president aren't necessarily on the same page. so i think that in a way, obama wants hagel to be his flack, the person who will be absorbing that criticism from congress. one thing hagel showed last week is he's pretty good at absorbing criticism and blows from congress. he did not give a stellar performance but on the other hand, he was grilled for eight hours. he didn't make a major mistake. he slipped up a little on the
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containment question but all in all, there was no big blowup. he didn't get drawn into a fight with the republicans which some republicans were hoping. as harry reid said in his interview with abc, that he thought hagel actually did a pretty good job given the circumstances. >> alex, you're right, he did absorb criticism. i appreciate your points and time. thank you both. >> thank you. president obama took time out of his super bowl sunday to give a wide-reaching interview on everything from gay members of the boy scouts to concussions in football. take a listen. >> as we start thinking about the pipeline, pop warner, high school, college, i want to make sure that we're doing everything we can to make the sport safer and that means that the game's probably going to evolve a little bit. >> the president weighed in just hours before the baltimore ravens beat the san francisco 49ers 34-31. ravens quarterback joe flacco took home the mvp trophy there. things got a bit interesting. right around halftime when the lights went out in the
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any minute the president is expected to take off. we told you he's headed to minnesota to talk about his plan to remake the nation's gun laws. there's air force one there. here's why he picked minneapolis. that city has made huge strides on violence and this "usa today" article highlights the turnaround. want to bring in mayor of minneapolis, who is also vice-chair of the democratic national committee. always good to see you. >> good to see you. >> so the nickname of minneapolis as you know, used to be called murder-opolis, violence peaking in 1985 when the city saw 99 murders. in 2011, crime hit a 30-year
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low. based on what you know so well here, what can the president and the nation learn from what minneapolis has done? >> well, the president will be listening to the minneapolis model and some of the people he'll hear from are j.d. smith, who's part of a group that goes out on every homicide and tries to keep the peace and stop retaliation. a cop who started bike cops for kids, who starts relationships with kids. mary johnson, whose own son was killed, yet she befriended the person who killed him to try to build peace. there's a lot that's gone on in communities but the minneapolis model also needs more federal action and that's why we're so proud the president is not only coming to minneapolis but has been willing to lead. >> what kind of action do you need? >> we need universal background checks, no question about it. we need limits on assault weapons and clips and things that would force a shooter in a horrible incident to reload. that moment of reloading saves a
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life. my god, if 20 kids in a school went to 18, it would be a massive disaster but those are two lives that would be saved. how can harry reid, a fellow democrat and i'm willing to criticize him, say he hasn't read the bill? dianne feinstein has been a mayor, she was there at a shooting, she put her finger in a bullet hole. she knows why we need this action. this is an emergency. let's knock off the washington baloney and support the president and get things done. >> what do you want to say to harry reid? >> i want to say to him that i respect him on a whole lot of levels but he's dancing around this issue and people are dying in this country. that is not news to anybody. what the president has done is with all the stuff on his plate, stuck his neck out and said look, we need to solve this. i saw what the president's face looked like when he came out of meeting those victims. i've been there. so have many mayors around this country. and we recognize the fact that this isn't about some sort of game about who wins or loses in washington.
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these are people's lives. it could be your kid in the school. it could be your brother. john suter, the one survivor from accent printing will be there today. thank god he's alive. >> mayor, you're a member of the coalition of mayors against illegal guns. the group bought an ad last night for the super bowl. >> the nra once supported background checks. >> we think it's reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show, no loopholes anywhere for anyone. >> so that's wayne lapierre, head of the nra, saying something different back then than he is saying today about universal background checks. what's the response you've heard and do you think that something that people didn't know? >> people love that ad because it reminded them that checking everyone's background for guns is common sense. we check 100% of the people who get on a plane.
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we shouldn't check 60% of the people who get a gun. the nra believed that. the nra should agree with that. and the nra should not be in charge of this debate. >> thank you so much, mayor. again, president obama visiting your city today. appreciate your time. we'll be right back. have diabe. i felt like my feet were going to sleep. it was like pins and needles sticking in your toes and in your feet. it progressed from there to burning like i was walking on hot coals. at that point, i knew i had to do something. when i went to see my doctor, she chose lyrica. once i started taking the lyrica, the pain started subsiding. [ female announcer ] it's known that diabetes damages nerves. lyrica is fda approved to treat diabetic nerve pain. lyrica is not for everyone. it may cause serious allergic reactions or suicidal thoughts or actions. tell your doctor right away if you have these, new or worsening depression, or unusual changes in mood or behavior. or swelling, trouble breathing, rash, hives, blisters,
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>> i have traveled over 640,000 miles since i've been vice president and most of the time, the president sends me to places that he doesn't want to go. >> yeah, he said that. we know the president and first lady hosted a personal super bowl party yesterday. the president tweeting this picture with the caption "game day." the first lady giving love to beyonce, saying watching the super bowl with family and friends. beyonce was phenomenal is what everybody is saying. i'm so proud of her is what was tweeted. still ahead, baltimore was not the only big winner last night. plus, which of the big game's ads worked the best and which had you reaching for the remote? ♪ [ male announcer ] why do more emergency workers everywhere trust duracell...?? duralock power preserve.
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created the conservative victory project. that's a group the "new york times" says will back candidates and incumbents from challenges by far right conservatives and the tea party. let's bring in former democratic congressman from pennsylvania, retired navy admiral joe sestak and we're also joined by republican strategist and former santorum senior strategist, john brabender. here's what steven law, president of american crossroads said. quote, there is a broad concern about having blown a significant number of races because the wrong candidates were selected. we don't view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win, end quote. is he right there, or is this an act of war like breitbart says in the headline? >> i don't think it's an act of war. what they're saying is we can no longer just pick a candidate simply because they are a tea party candidate if they are really not a very good candidate. just because they can fill out a survey for the tea party
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effectively doesn't mean they are an effective candidate. what they're saying is, as long as there are better candidates who still live up to our republican idealogical beliefs but will be strong in november, this is where we should invest our time and energy. >> you're saying some are getting lost along the way, then. >> yeah. some of them became bad candidates even though they hit some of the main points of what they said they believed. but if they can't get elected, we haven't moved the ball forward and sometimes we have defeated very, very good candidates who believe very strongly in the republican ideology. >> admiral, could this republican intraparty struggle we appear to be seeing good for democrats, or could they run into trouble if republicans start putting up less extreme candidates? >> well, i think -- i do not agree with the tea party but i think something that's worse are the super pacs. i believe that the republican party shouldn't go that way, what they're attempting to do. i had my establishment democratic party try to keep me out of a primary. it doesn't work.
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i believe, however, in a very strong two-party system and i think there are better use of the resources by the republican party, would actually be more recognizable like senator rubio. they have one value very well down, liberty, where government doesn't interfere with our freedom of speech and religion. we are beginning to see government can be a force for good for quality of opportunity, like republican presidents eisenhower establishing the student loan program or the statewide highways, president nixon with the epa. if they put more time and effort in that, they can strengthen their overall party -- >> this is a moderating move, some are saying. is that not good? >> it's a moderating move by putting someone down again, rather than building something up. look, i think senator rubio, for example, what he's doing on immigration would be able to make the whole party more attractive and candidates that think that way more attractive. therefore, i think that would be their stronger heft, not just
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for a primary but for a general. >> this is about candidates and primaries and please do react as well, if you would like, but is the challenge really farther upstream with the voters at the moment they wanting more farther right candidates, if you will? >> well, look, first, i can't help but point out that joe sestak said positive things about rubio, who happened to be a tea party candidate. this is not becoming more moderate. this is becoming more practical. it says first let's find the candidates who agree with our philosophies and are conservatives in most cases, but let's make sure we have ones that have the substance and ability to actually win in november if we are going to bring the change in washington that we have to. it's a very practical approach. it does not mean that we are moving more centric or anything else. it just means we are going to win more elections. >> the first test for this new conservative victory project could come in iowa. lots of folks watching that race there, where republican congressman steve king is a potential candidate for the senate seat being vacated by the retiring tom harkin.
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crossroads president steven law says they're concerned about king's quote, todd aiken problem. what's your thought? is it going to get worse before it gets better here? will this move help in 2014? or is it 2016? >> i think there will be bruising changes that are going to go on within the republican party. with all due respect to john which i think spoke about pragmatism which i really do agree with, however, it's the philosophy of the overall republican party. while i may not agree with everything senator rubio did, he's actually saying wait, our government can help resolve this immigration problem. that's what i think will serve them better in the longer term, the philosophy really does align more with the moderate republicanism of president eisenhower, even frankly, president reagan. >> on immigration, the tea party is split on that issue right now. thank you so much. we're learning more today about a disturbing story out of texas where a former navy
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s.e.a.l. hailed by combat experts as one of the military's deadliest snipers was one of two people killed saturday at a shooting range. police say chris kyle, who survived four grueling combat tours in iraq was gunned down by a troubled fellow soldier that he was trying to help. nbc news chief pentagon correspondent jim maiklaszewski joins us now. what do we know? >> it's a tragic story in so many ways. this marine corps reservist, a 25-year-old by the name of eddie ray routh, is in custody facing two capital murder charges in the deaths of that former navy s.e.a.l. sniper, chris kyle, and a friend. but the police still cannot pinpoint a motive. now, friends say that it appeared that routh was suffering ptsd, post-traumatic stress, from his service in iraq, and kyle has a record of
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working directly with ptsd victims from the wars in iraq and afghanistan, and trying to help them. now, according to reports, this was the first time that kyle and his friend had ever met with routh and they were at a gun range about 50 miles outside of ft. worth saturday when suddenly without warning, routh allegedly pulled a hand gun and shot and killed both of the other men at point-blank range. he's in custody and there is reports that he had to be tasered in his cell overnight for some kind of disruption there in the texas jail, but the search is on for a motive. and i can tell you that kyle repeatedly, we're told, often took these veterans to shooting ranges to blow off steam, but at the same time, many people today are questioning that method of putting a hand gun or any kind of gun into the hands of somebody with post-traumatic
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stress. all of this has to be sorted out and at this point, there are probably more questions than answers. >> chris kyle, hero to so many people in so many different ways. thank you so much. for the first time, we're hearing directly from the 15-year-old pakistani girl shot by the taliban last year. she talked about her successful skull reconstruction surgery in london over the weekend. >> i can also walk a little bit, i can talk and i'm feeling better and it doesn't seem that i had a very big operation. my mission is the same, to help people and i will do that. >> she also announced the malala fund, supporting her campaign for the right to education for children around the world. here's a good reason for people to stay home from work when they're sick. your sick co-workers' germs spread to half of the most commonly touched surfaces in the office. you didn't want to hear that. that was after about four hours,
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according to a new study by the university of arizona. the germs were spread to 70% of surfaces by the end of the day. a super windfall for new orleans. mandy drury is here with what's moving your money. they're tallying up the numbers but looks like a big windfall. >> this city has obviously been really hoping for a big economic boost from the super bowl although the power outage may not help its reputation going forward. nonetheless, tallying up the numbers, we're not completely tallied up yet, but over 150,000 people were expected to have visited the city with hotel revenue up 100%, all in an estimated $432 million boost plus of course all the parties and events and all the things surrounding the super bowl as well. if indeed that is the amount that it comes to, it is $100 million more than the indianapolis super bowl, that indianapolis netted last year.
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it is nonetheless, less than the estimated $600 million that the dallas area drew back in 2011. but you know what, they could do with an economic boost, right? >> absolutely right. that's a lot of wings. thanks a lot. after catching some flack for her national anthem performance at president obama's inauguration, beyonce certainly quieted critics with her halftime performance at last night's super bowl but believe it or not, beyonce is not among the top five female earners in music last year. she's number six. katy perry takes number five. lady gaga is fourth. rihanna is number three. taylor swift has 57 at number two. number one is britney spears. se. when you lost the thing you can't believe you lost. when what you just bought, just broke. or when you have a little trouble a long way from home...
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let the monday morning quarterbacking begin. no, we're not talking about the super bowl. we are talking about the ads which we were watching. what came out on top, what flopped.
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according to "usa today" 's ad meter, viewers scored this ad from budweiser the highest. here it is. ♪ if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills well the landslide bring it down ♪ >> hugging a horse. the next cringe-inducing ad goes -- comes from and scored dead last. all right. let's bring in ad week executive editor james cooper. it was even the sounds. everybody is going eww, that was the response. >> the audio was incredibly disgusting. >> what's your thought? that came in at the bottom of the rankings there. on the flipside, people are talking about it. >> everybody is talking about the ad.
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all our metrics say it really did not resonate very well with viewers. a company that measures ad effectiveness found that to be the worst ad, too. budweiser, the best. but we're talking about godaddy so what's the strategy. >> it got a lot of reaction. all right. the clydesdale, the bud commercial, that came out the highest. it wasn't necessarily funny, it was definitely not funny. it was more emotional. >> right. sentimentality is a lever marketers use in these ads. that definitely knocked it out of the park. it had that emotional resonance and people like those ads. especially budweiser with the clydesdales. they have a strong tradition of that. >> this next ad from doritos also scored in the top five. let's take a look. >> daddy, can you be a princess with me? >> sweetie, i would love to but the guys are outside waiting for
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me. >> i've got doritos. >> steve, what is the holdup? >> so that one worked out very well, too, submitted by somebody who is not in an ad agency. that's unique about it, too. >> those ads always tend to push the creative envelope just a little bit more than traditional agencies would. that ad and the goat for sale ad which was also the dorito ad were pretty funny. those always tend to be more humorous. >> i will do almost anything for doritos, too. let's go back to one of the ads that scored low, according to "usa today" . this ad right here from calvin klein. man versus machine finished in the bottom five. why do you think this missed the mark here? >> i think it's low concept, just shows a guy in his underwear. it's beautifully shot, i'm sure
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some of the ladies probably liked it, maybe some of the guys, but it wasn't a traditional super bowl ad. i think it didn't really cut through the clutter very well. >> kind of just blended in. then one that you and i were talking about earlier before we got on air was the social media connected ads, half of them had hash tags, but it was really oreo that took advantage of the entire situation when the lights went out in the superdome. apparently some light bulbs went off in the heads of oreo social media team. they sent out this picture that says you can still dunk in the dark. that worked out well for them. >> absolutely. it shows an incredible nimbleness on their part. calvin klein did a similar thing. these guys are really fast and got a lot of social buzz and good will for it, too, because everything else was in the dark. >> all said, how would you compare this to previous super bowls? >> it was safe. there were high moments and very
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low moments. everybody played it pretty safe. >> think back to the dot-com days when we saw some really amazingly creative ads. then again, they had a lot of cash. james cooper, thank you so much. speaking of the super bowl blackout, today's tweet of the day comes from a friend of the show. david corn writes this quote, finally america cares about the infrastructure in nola. i was in the ambulance and i was told to call my next of kin. at 33 years old, i was having a heart attack. now i'm on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. i didn't know this could happen so young. take control, talk to your doctor. yeah. then how'd i get this... [ voice of dennis ] driving bonus check? every six months without an accident, allstate sends a check. ok. [ voice of dennis ] silence. are you in good hands?
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state department employees today are meeting the new boss, just moments ago secretary of state john kerry started his first official day on the job with some jokes. >> here's the big question before the country and the world and the state department after the last eight years. can a man actually run the state department. i don't know. as the saying goes, i have big
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heels to fill. >> all joking aside, the secretary spent much of the weekend getting down to work. he called leaders from around the world. tragedy in turkey. police have questioned a dozen people in order to try to figure out who killed a new york woman visiting istanbul. the 33-year-old's body was found over the weekend. her mom spoke with savannah guthrie on "today." >> the turkish police have been like really, really good in investigating. the way that my son-in-law explains it, they went on and above searching for her. in the times that i break down and just get on my knees and i pray and i know he's given me the strength to pull through this and that's what's holding me, my faith in christ. >> nbc's richard engel has more from istanbul. >> reporter: a great deal is still unknown about this case. the disappearance and murder of foreign tourists in istanbul and
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all of turkey is very rare. turkish authorities have set up a special unit involving hundreds of people combing through surveillance camera videos to try and get to the bottom of this. a preliminary investigation suggests that she was not raped, that the cause of death was a traumatic blow to the head. they have collected dna samples, they were at the crime scene today, where her body was found. investigators using metal detectors looking for more evidence. so far, they have been questioning and detained for questioning about two dozen people, but no formal arrests have been made. we know a rough timeline of what happened to her. she came to this country last month, early last month, for a trip that was supposed to last just over three weeks. she rented a room in a very poor district of the city, not an area well known for receiving tourists. she came because she wanted to take photographs. she took many photographs, she was posting them online. she was in regular contact with
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her family. nothing seemed to be awry. she even took a side excursion going to germany and the netherlands. she came back, she was planning to leave and on the 21st of this month, she wasn't on her flight home. her relatives got very nervous, started to panic. they came here, started to meet with turkish authorities and then last saturday, the mystery, if you can call it that, at least had some sort of conclusion. they found her body pushed up against the ramparts of the old city, part of the ancient city wall just next to the palace. they don't know what happened from the time she went missing reportedly on the 22nd until last saturday, when she was found and that is the subject of the investigation right now. but initially they say no rape and that she was found with her jewelry still on her. why she was killed and by whom
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remains unclear. >> thank you so much for that. that wraps up this hour of "jansing and company." i'm richard lui. chris will be back tomorrow. thomas, my 49ers lost. i owe you some bucks here. here's my dollar. i will wear the hat here, too. >> this is very good. i like this. >> i will run away now. congratulations. >> thank you very much. we have been friends and colleagues for a long time. >> not anymore. that's it. good morning, everybody. great to see you today. next hour, the president taking his agenda to curb gun violence on the road a week in advance of his state of the union address. the president is heading to minnesota, where that state has cracked down successfully on gun violence with better background checks. can its state program be used as a national policy? meanwhile, the gun violence and immigration debates rage on and the reality of sequestration looms with just one month to go in washington, d.c. can congress come up with a deficit reduction package that serves all masters? we go inside the numbers. then in illinois, that could be the next state to approve marriage equality.
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Jansing and Co.
MSNBC February 4, 2013 7:00am-8:00am PST

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